Alvin Grier has been farming all his life. He grew up on a farm with 12 siblings. When his father died in 1947, Alvin took over running the family farm. Today, Alvin farms 4 acres in Atlo, GA, the way he has always farmed, with a plow and mule. Alvin grows corn for feed and relies on mother nature to water his crops. Alvin, plows 3 days a week for 8 hours a day and when it is time to harvest, he picks the corn by hand. One might think that at the age of 86, Alvin would rest the days he is not plowing, but this is not so. At his house he tends several small gardens and a field in which he grows a variety of vegetables.
I took this photo of Alvin and his mule, Jim, in mid-afternoon and soon after followed them back to their house. After getting a tour of the farm I reluctantly excused myself, thinking that he was exhausted and needed to rest. To my great surprise, Alvin told me that he was going to run over to his brother’s farm down the road, Grier Peach Orchard, to assist with plowing. And I thought that shopping for groceries and cooking dinner was tiring!